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  1. Hi guys, I finally finished this one Overall it's nice kit and great value for such a low price. painted with Mr. Color, Alclad II and Mr. Paint, weathering done with MIG prod. and AMMO of Mig Jimenez stuff. AM used: Eduard interior and exterior sets Brassin wheels and prop Zoukei Mura decals HGW seatbelts You can find WIP thread here thanks for looking and all comments are welcome jan
  2. Seeing all the good work here on the Revell Mustangs and having got my research pretty much together it is time to start on Lou IV, in the Blue/Green scheme uncovered by Dana Bell. I know some folks here don't see it, but I do so that's good enough for me. Thanks to Dana for sharing his hi-res scan with me (this is a low-res version) so I can try and gauge colors (along with the research others have done on the possible sources of the blue paint). I have both kit and aftermarket decals for the Lou IV but pretty much going OOB, (I figure the color scheme alone will be enough to distract people) and do have the Barracuda resin wheel and tire set. As usual I did the dish soap bath - here are all the sprues (except the clear ones) laid out to dry. At least one pair of the flaps have the injection depression running the length as many people here have found. The other pair does not seem to have the depression but we'll see once I get a better look at them. As usual as well, I primer the parts on the sprues - this also helped to see any of the injection problems that have been reported. White Vallejo primer for most services, Vallejo Gloss Black for where the majority of the paint will be silver. It is a really nice gloss primer and the white went down exceptionally smoothly as well. None of the details seem to be obscured. The main gear doors definitely are showing the injection problems that have been noted: This will not be a quick build as I have two weeks of business travel this month, sandwiched around our Model Classic show on the 21st. But hope to make some progress on the cockpit this month. Stay tuned! Chris
  3. Hi guys, Now that I finally picked up a Revell P-51D kit at Nats, I'm researching the plane I'd like to build, but I could use a little help. I want to depict the plane of a pilot named Major Donald A. Larson, 505th FS, 339th FG, KIA 4 August, 1944 in Germany. Major Larson was from my hometown, so I'd to make his plane. I'm able to find out that the last plane he flew, and was shot down in, was a P-51D (#44-13881), named "Mary Queen of Scotts", after Mary Scott, his girlfriend. His radio code was 6N-B. This picture is bit fuzzy, but this is the plane: And a plane with his radio code in formation with 3 others (oddly, the serial # does not match any of his known planes, so this may have been after his death): Here is one of his earlier planes, probably a P-51B: What I need to know, is this: are there any masks or decals out there in 1/32 of other planes from his squadron that I might use as a starting point? I am unable to find anything. They would look like this: Anyway, some of you Mustang fanatics will probably know more about this than I do, or so I hope. Thanks, Tim PS: Even some relevant markings in 1/48 that I could enlarge and trace over might help.
  4. Hi guys and gals, I'm contemplating building another P-51D this time from the Pacific or China theater. I know there were some differences in equipment – notably radio and navigation – between the machines used in Europe and those used on the Pacific front. I can also use some input about the F-6D/K recce variant. Will you Mustang fans and experts care to give me some pointers? Thanks a bunch, Quang
  5. 'Morning ladies and gents, lads and lassies, Let me give it to you, straight. The Mustang was never one of my favorites. Something to do with the snobbish side of me, never wanting to love a plane everybody loves to love. It's sooo uncool to like a pretty face, right? That is until some months ago, when stranded in a foreign land and estranged from my trusty desk and rusty tools, all that was left for me to do was some virtual modelling on the internet. That is when I read about a new Revell release associated in some way with Radu Brinzan. I knew the name and respected the modeller. I was intrigued and read on, the previews, the reviews, the WIPs ... and soon before long I was hooked. I wrote to my friend in Belgium to buy a kit for me and in anticipation, I myself ordered an Eduard interior set. Thus, months later upon my return to my trusty desk, I was ready to join the fray. For my subject, I chose Art Fiedler's HELEN, a P-51D-5 of the 325 GR in Italy 1944. Seen here in static simulation And in simulated video The main reason for this choice is an opportunity to airbrush the famous yellow-and-black checkers and the various markings using Frisket film. I know it shows my age but what the heck? Secondly, this particular machine is retro-fitted with the dorsal fin fillet DFF found on later versions of the P-51D. So it will give me the chance to try my hand at the controversial 'swayback' fillet as these field-installed mods were known. Just what I needed to spice up an all-too conventional build... or so I thought at that time 'Nuff said. The ride is about to begin, ladies and gentlemen, all aboard. Cheers, Quang
  6. From the History Channel The remains found at a crash site in Hohenturn, Austria, could be those of Captain Lawrence E. Dickson, who disappeared in his P-51 Mustang on 23 December 1944, during his 68th combat mission with the 100th Fighter Squadron. The US Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency emphasize that they are still testing the remains but there is circumstantial evidence that this is the site where Captain Dickson crashed. Lawrence Dickson was born in South Carolina on 1 January 1920. He was decorated multiple times during his service, earning the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart among others. The U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency emphasizes that it is still testing the remains found at the crash site to determine if they are Dickson’s. But circumstantial evidence has offered hope for his daughter, Marla L. Andrews (Phyllis Dickson passed away in December 2017). The crash site in Hohenthurn is a few miles away from where his plane was last seen in Italy, and contains plane debris consistent with a P-51, the plane Dickson was flying. In addition, German records report that a P-51 plane crashed at that site the day that Dickson disappeared. The details of Dickson’s service are illustrative of the bravery and perseverance Tuskegee Airmen displayed while fighting a war for a country that actively devalued them. Dickson was on his 68th mission for the U.S. Army Air Forces, a precursor to the Air Force, when his P-51 Mustang went down. If Dickson were white, he would have already qualified for R&R leave (a “rest and recuperation†break) after his 50th mission. But as a black pilot, he was still short of the 70 missions needed before he could take some R&R.
  7. Hi gents, I'm currently working on the Revell P-51D-5NA kit and would need your expertise concerning the following detail. This early version of the P-51D still had fabric-covered elevators and rudder. As far as I know, fabric-covered areas usually had drain holes to evacuate humidity trapped inside the surfaces and prevent them from rotting. My question is: did such drain holes exist on the Mustang? Where were they located? Thank you very much for your help. All the best, Quang
  8. So for those with the actual kit in hand, and especially those who have built the kit, what is your take on Revell's job on their early Mustang? Some reviews say its terrific and the build threads here show some amazing detail especially in the cockpit. One of the new vendors here has posted his resin parts with descriptions of how bad various kit parts are, especially the flaps (which may or may not be a problem with individual kits so perhaps a production quality consistency issue?) and now the engine cowling as well as the machine gun fairings. I have the kit, have not opened it up yet, but am interested in hearing what those of you WITH the kit think? How are your flaps and cowling,etc? Thanks (and lets keep it civil, ok?) Chris
  9. Guys, I’m building the new Revell Mustang (like everyone 🤓) and am enjoying it so far until... ...a few days ago I lost the after-deck part to the carpet monster. I’ve sent Revell a request for a replacement but I don’t count too much on it. So I decided to replicate it in plasticard. Looks like it’s not too complicated to do. But then I need to understand what I’m trying to replicate, details like the part in silver and the engraved semi-circle ... Can you, Mustang experts inform me so that I could go on with my build? Thank you all Quang
  10. Hi everybody, The title says it all, really, are ther any photos to be found (preferably on the internet) of "Flying Dutchman", the P-51D-5-NA from the 31st FG in Italy? Thanks & Cheers, Erik!
  11. As i get ready to start on my Revell build, and with all of the build threads going on here, I thought it would be a good idea to try and capture the collective experience and thoughts of everyone in one place regarding suggested aftermarket bits for the new Revell P-51D. Not looking for commentary on if a suggested AM part is useful or not, but if you have actually used the AM bit, a comment on ease of implementation, gotcha's to look out for, the usual useful advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Chris
  12. Work in progress topic: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=63538 I used: - Eduard photoetch and masks - HGW seatbelts - Yahu IP (outstanding!) - Kagero Pacific Mustangs decal set - Brassin wheels I added cables in engine, wheel bays and in cockpit. I made "uncle dog" antennas, but these are not entirely correct, maybe someday i will replace it with good ones from Tamiya Pacific P-51 kit. Kit is remarkable but there are some scratches on diamond surface - wheel bays are full of ejector pins and there is a nasty seam line on a canopy. When you manage with these problems overall effect is like somebody used a shrink gun on real Mustang! Finest kit i ever assembled.
  13. Since Gaz asked me to add photos of my P-40F, as I was searching my "man-cave", I ran across this build I did a while back: [ [ The kit's pilot was not good as good as a 1/48 scale figure in a Monogram Mustang. But at the time I did this one the very nice AM cockpit and harness detail sets weren't available. [ Once again, since I had no airbrush at the time, it was painted with Testors enamels and MM acrylics, hand bristle brushed.
  14. This set gives the modeler a one piece resin cowl that improves the fidelity of the engraved details. Details that unfortunately are lost in the injection molding operation of kit production, and appear soft or faded out. No need to rescribe or loose detail during building. Easy one cut per fuselage half, along a natural panel line. Has locators to align perfectly. https://www.ebay.com/itm/302649852463?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649
  15. Aside from all of the prep work I've been doing, the following has taken a long time to evolve to get to this stage. Hopefully future efforts will move along more quickly. Otherwise I may miss the deadline. I reworked the right and left edges. The rod goes into the edgework of the instrument panel. I needed to trim away the sidewall structure under the rod so the rod would set properly when the sidewall was dryfitted to the floor/i.p. assembly. The insulation is from a solid core wire. I threaded .5mm wide insulation onto stripped wire taken from a hard drive parallel data cable. .010 or .015 solder wire. I needed to replace the outermost terminal with rod. I replaced the canopy retraction handle to complement the throttle handle. The throttle handle is a kit part and really stood out, detail wise. The canopy handle was molded into the sidewall. It looked flat compared to the throttle so I chiseled it off and made a new handle. I domed the end of a piece of rod to make the base, flattened the end of a rod with a plier and sanded the result round to get the handle base, and cut some rod for the handle. Wiring configuration is made up, although the rod that runs the length approximates the real deal. I needed to remove some of the bottom of the first and second structure. Home made springs and mounts. Springs aren't glued in place. This spring is a little short, oh well. I'll just glue it against the high tab. The spring is compressed. Here you can almost see how the rods would go thru the side openings I made in the panel. Without removing some sidewall structure the rod configuration wouldn't work. I had to weigh one effect against the other. More work, but I chose this effect. Rudder pedal linkage is good, with the spring and everything, but the wire connection isn't accurate. This was an easier connection to make. It is pinned with .010 rod so it moves around. Same thing here concerning removal of the first two structure bottoms. I wanted to see if the rudder pedal junk would look effective. Not such a hot shot. I don't know what those two rods are on the left, but they are in every photo I have of that area. Thanks for looking in. Sincerely, Mark
  16. After finishing one of my other 1/72 projects, today I started on my next big project. A Tamiya 1/32 P-51D Mustang which will be done up as a RAAF 77 Squadron plane, based out of Japan during the early years of the Korean Police Action. I have been collecting a bit of aftermarket for this for a while, though whilst doing so, I'll be using much of the what you see here. I'll be using my Silhouette cutter again for many of the markings. So after spending in the morning pouring over my copy of Mustangs, ADF serials, Large Scale Planes and some other books, I got started. It always feels great making the first cut on a new kit. The first two assembled pieces. A few hours later I had the sub-assemblies of the Supercharged Merlin together and ready for paint. I'm loving the details on this engine. A few coats of Tamiya Semi Gloss Black later. A little detail work and dry brushing, and its well on its way. Still a lot to go though. I want to try my hand at the fuel lines and ignition leads, though the thought of it does make me nervous. Next stage is underway, but thats enough for now.
  17. On the later model P-51's the battery was sometimes relocated to in front of the oil tank under the engine cowl to make room for more radio gear behind the pilot. I found mention somewhere online that the mounting bracket to do this was included in the Tamiya kit, but due to Photobucket being dicks, there were no photos of what the part was or how it was achieved. Can anyone here assist me with either photos, information or both please. I don't mind scratch building something if its not the case, but I have no idea what the mounting bracket would look like either. Cheers.
  18. Hi, I'm building Tamiya's classic in Pacific outfit. I've added polish Yahu instrument panel, HGW seatbelts, some Eduard Photoetch, my own wires and i will use Kagero decals.
  19. Long overdue posting here, apologies, but finally took a few final pictures. Also put BBD up on the stand as well. This is my first large-scale build having built almost exclusively in 1/48 and starting with the Tamiya P-51D was quite a treat. This is not quite an OOB build, using some Photoetch from Eduard in the engine compartment (and conveniently covered up, UGH!) and the cockpit (ditto - using the pilot figure was probably not my brightest idea ever). The HGW Seatbelts were not easy to get together - for me anyway - but really look good in this scale compared to the nightmare they were in 1/48!. The decals are a combination of Zotz checkers for the nose, Big Beautiful Doll and the wingtips checkers are from Eagle Cal and the rest from the kit itself. The paints are mostly acrylics - Tamiya TS-12 on the fuselage for example and Model Master, and the exhaust area is Model Master Metalizer. I have a lot of bottles of it from a long time ago, but it seems to keep well and I recently figured out a new venting system for my paint booth so I can actually paint with the aromatic metalizers and enamels now without smelling up the house. If you followed along the build thread you know about the issues with the nose checkers and other fun I had with this terrific kit. http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=56418&hl= Apologies - I am totally off on the white balance - I'll have to reshoot. The nose is two decals - the Zotz decals fit the Tamiya nose nearly perfectly. The nose cone/prop assembly is not overly tight so does pull away some from the fuselage. The Zotz decals require a white band to be painted around the first row of checkers, careful matching the white. I don't usually have the plane mounted on the stand, and I'm not entirely thrilled with the fit of the panel that replaces the landing gear, but BBD does look good in flight. As much detail as went into the engine bay, unless you take off all the panels much of it is hidden. I didn't super detail the topside of the engine and now regretting it. Also seeing that I'll need to be doing some weathering around the exhaust stacks. But one of my favorite items in the kit really are the figures. I love the pilot, and hope to do a mini-diorama sometime.
  20. Thought of doing something different so purchased one of Tamiya's great P-51D 1/48 scale kits. I found Warbird's set of Thunderbird Decals for the Tamiya 1/48 P-51D which are a beautiful Red White and Blue. Should build up to a nice looking plane. Painted the cockpit white in keeping with a show aircraft and the entire aircraft is MM Metalizer Buffing Aluminum Plate. I really like the Metalizer paints, but you definitely have to watch the fumes so excellent ventilation is mandatory. They shine up nice, and lose a bit of luster once sealed. Still, looks shiny! There is an ongoing story behind the decals, see below. Other side a bit different Top view Now a bit of the saga with the decals. In the picture above the USAF letters have cracked a bit after a coat of MicroSet. The insignia on the left also looks like it is cracking, but I really hope not. Interestingly enough - used MicroSet on the insignia on the fuselage sides and it seems fine. Also on the US Flag and the Thunderbirds insignia on the right side. Really curious. In the picture below, the nose and tail decals are red white and blue and for both the nose and the tail decal the red is incredibly brittle. I was extra careful with the tail decal, but even minor movement shatters the red part of the decal, which is a large part of the decal. Ugh. I contacted Warbirds and they promptly responded and are sending out a replacement set. Hope they work better! The decal on the left is the Warbirds Thunderbird Tail decal. The right is what is left of the nose decal. Where the decal was red it shattered very easily from just a little bit of movement. Down below, the sharks mouth is from a 1/32 P-40 set which I used to test fit on a P-51 before I used a different mouth from the same set. Even with all of the moving and pushing around, and ultimately, it did not even tear. So I don't think I'm doing something wrong here. Hoping the new set from Warbirds works much better. Otherwise I'm masking and painting the red white and blue!
  21. Hi everyone, After a 2 year hiatus, finally coming close to completion. I have been eagerly following everyone's Mustang WIP's for tips, tricks and hints. Thanks so much everyone for sharing as it has made 'reentry' so much easier and I hope I can add to the overall discussion. I am building the Tamiya 1:32 kit, and agree with all the positive comments others have made. I find that if something doesn't fit right, I'm not doing something right. That little bit of wisdom has saved me multiple times. I'm still trying to figure out the livery and have many options, including Big Beautiful Doll. So decisions, decisions. I'll start with the early build pics and add more later so these articles don't get too long. I've taken some color liberties such as the copper piping and a wood floor in the cockpit. I know not historically accurate, but I've seen pictures of others who have done this and I really liked how it looked. The copper is enamel sprayed right from the Testors can. Outdoors to avoid the odors. Most of the rest of the paint is Model Master or Tamiya acrylics. With the cowl panels off the copper piping will just be visible. A close up of the right sidewall. The Eduard color and placards add amazing detail. The cockpit sidewalls are a combination of the Tamiya parts and Eduard's color PE. I also have the Barracuda stencils but OMG are they tiny! Saving them for my next Mustang. Here is the left side: Next up the engine and super charger and the completed cockpit. My photo skills are improved with later pictures. :-)
  22. Feeling invincible (COMPLETELY tongue in cheek!) on the heels of finally completing my Tamiya Big Beautiful Doll I thought I'd drag out an old Dragon 1/32 P-51D kit, and what better than to do a 'what if' Claire Chennault had P-51Ds available for the Flying Tigers? I have the KitsWorld decal set for the Flying Tigers so am going to do Chuck Older's plane. Unfortunately, could not get my act together fast enough to finish before the end of the year. Recognizing right away the big difference between the two kits, my invincibility cloak fast hit the floor. Doing a 'quick build' I did the bare minimum engine build since I have no plans to open up the front and ignored the ammo bins for the wings. SOOOO closed up the fuselage, and nothing fit right. The cockpit is skewed about 2mm to one side (not sitting centered), and I had to work the engine/framing to close up the nose. No idea what was going on there. Finally got it closed. While distracted on the fuselage, I closed up the wings and was getting ready to dry fit the wings to the fuselage when I noticed the wheel well sitting in the box. Yep: closed up the wings and didn't get the wheel wells in there. Wings were dry. Sigh. So now its 'in flight'. Side note, the undercarriage parts do not fit the wing openings very well anyway. Dragon vs Tamiya I guess. Using the Model Master Acrylics, on top using Dark Earth applied irregularly with camo provided RAF Dark Green again in a mottled application as would befit and AVG aircraft. Underneath, went with a Luftwaffe sky blue. Why not? Would love to tell you that I did pre-shading underneath, but actually just worked the airbrush to darker and lighter shades. Worked really well on the Dragon plastic. I'm sure it was me, but the fit of the wings to the fuselage was terrible HUGE wing root gaps and under the nose is a gap as well. So thought I would try a technique I've seen a lot of people use, but I have never tried. Using modelers clay to outline the camo. I used to use masks, but this promised to be a lot easier. It was, but still had some problems. Worked pretty well, and the patterns were pretty easy to apply. Added bonus is they are so easy to take off the minute I'm done painting. The only problem I ran into is what looks like a residue is left over. After I'm sure everything is dry, I'll give it a wash and see what's up. Any suggestions or thoughts? After it is all dry, then a clear coat and ready for the decals. Can't wait!
  23. CANicoll

    American Volunteer Group P-51D

    Always wondered what would have happened in the Pacific if the Mustang had shown up much earlier. What if the P-51D had been used by the American Volunteer Group and a new plane showed up in China for the group? Going to use the Dragon 1/32 kit dressed in Flying Tigers colors, Chuck Older's aircraft, and in a departure from most of my builds, will be strictly OOB. Just getting started on the cockpit detail. Ohhh so different from the Tamiya kit! The engine is the bare minimum I think is needed to get the prop and all installed since I'll keep the cowls buttoned up. Using the PE instrument panel as I just could not figure out how to use the clear plastic piece. But FIFTEEN separate decals!! Painted the bottom a variation of the British Sky Blue. On the wing top I've put down the Earth Brown, currently showing some initial weathering (maybe a hastily applied paint job before the plane was dispatched to China?) Will be VERY interesting trying to fit the P-40 sharks mouth onto the P-51 tho. Hoping to finish this up before the end of August.
  24. Having the Dragon P-51D kit in my stash for quite a while and I wanted to build something fun so bought a set of KitsWorld Flying Tigers decals for a 1/32 P-40 to see if I could put the two together. Decided on Chuck Older's aircraft as it had a distinctive blue mouth that I liked. The building didn't quite go as planned, and I ended up with a lot of fit issues, but all in all, it was still something fun to try. The decals, especially the sharksmouth, actually fit very well on the P-51. The Camo was done using blue-tac, with Model Master Acrylics providing the colors. MM gloss to seal the decals, then clear flat. The decals went on fine, and especially around the nose which only needed a bit of paint touch up on the blue in the mouth. This was very much a quick build, so was not as concerned with various details as much as just getting it together to see how it would look in the AVG colors. Something fun to do!
  25. Aside from a couple of antennas, are there any substantial differences between the standard D and Pacific D kits?
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